Samuel Levine, 84, a retired Washington grocer and Giant Food employe who was active in religious organizations, died of cancer Sunday at Holy Cross Hospital in Silver Spring.

Mr. Levine owned and operated groceries on Fourth Street NW, First Street SW, and Bladensburg Road NE, for more than 20 years before retiring in the 1940s. He was a receiver with Giant Food for about 12 years before retiring a second time in the late 1960s.

He had been a member of the Beth Sholom Congregation in Potomac for more than 45 years and was a member of its board of governors. He also served for many years as a member of the Chevra Kadisha.

Mr. Levine was born in Kiev, the Ukraine, and lived for a time in England before coming to this country in 1917. He resided in New York City before moving to this area in the early 1920s. He was a resident of Silver Spring.

Survivors include his wife of 59 years, the former Anna Reimerman of Silver Spring; three sons, Irving, Marvin, and Sheldon, all of Glenmont; three daughters, Freda Lifshutz of Washington, and Paula Rubenstein and Dolly Becker, both of Wheaton; 18 grandchildren, and six great-grandchildren.

The family suggests that expressions of sympathy be in the form of contributions to a charity of one's choice.